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by Khaled Hosseini

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How does globalization relate to The Kite Runner?

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The vision of the world that Hosseini offers is one where political and psychological identities are complex realities that individuals must navigate with nuanced understanding. Contrary to the vision of globalization where individuals are reduced to accepting a borderless world, the modern setting is one where identity on political and personal levels are delicate.

Amir might have emigrated to America, but there is nothing absolute in his decision. He finds himself a product of the globalized world, where one foot is in one reality and the other foot is in another. This delicate construction of identity is what drives him to return to Afghanistan. The nation of Afghanistan is shown to be equally complex. From ruler to ruler, ravaging destruction to ravaging destruction, Afghanistan's identity is far from clear. Amir comes to recognize that his father holds a complex identity, while Soraya's narrative is far from clear and concise. Even young people like Sohrab experience intricacies in the formation of their identities. The globalized world that Hosseini renders is one where modern individuals are forced to embrace complexity and ambiguity as a part of their being in the world. It is in this regard where a statement about globalization is present. The globalized world is far from simple and "easy." Rather, it is a series of complex and bifurcating narratives that force individuals to widen their scope of understanding and compassion as they strive to better understand one another and themselves. This is a lesson that Amir experiences in his own development.

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